2022-2023 San Joaquin Delta College Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2022-2023 San Joaquin Delta College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Program Pathway

Electron Microscopy - Biological Certificate of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the Electron Microscopy: Biological Certificate of Achievement, the student demonstrates skills, knowledge and training for employment as a microscopist to work with research scientists in industry, research laboratories, medical schools, hospitals, colleges and universities, as well as being qualified for technical sales and marketing for Electron Microscopy. The student demonstrates his or her ability to: use theory in hands-on work, specimen preparation, electron/ion/light/scanned probe microscope operation, digital imaging, routine maintenance of equipment, experimental design, and data interpretation. The student demonstrates skills, knowledge, and training in organization, team work, oral and written communication, problem solving, and critical thinking. The student demonstrates a variety of skills for employment in disciplines including the following: metallurgy, ceramics, computer and electronics industries, biology, environmental areas, biotechnology, geology, forensics, food and cosmetic industries, and medicine.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply safe laboratory practices.
  2. Communicate ideas to other scientists.
  3. Operate equipment needed to become an electron microscopist.
  4. Work together in teams to solve problems.
  5. Understand the appropriate role of science in their lives.
  6. Understand the structure of cells and tissues.


Equivalent courses may be accepted by transfer from other colleges but at least 12 units of the certificate must be completed at San Joaquin Delta College. Students who desire transfer credit for courses taken elsewhere must have the courses approved before taking them for certificate credit.

It is recommended that during the summer, required core courses (Non-EM) be taken.

Minimum Units Required: 46.5

Complete all courses with a grade of “C” or better.